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Seventh Circuit Sends Police Officers’ Off-Duty BlackBerry Claims to Spam Folder

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers often grapple with what to do when their policies prohibit off-duty work, like working on mobile devices after hours, that employees don’t follow. Even if it has a policy prohibiting off-duty work, if the employer...more

Cutting Through The Half-Time Murk In "Failed Exemption" Cases

by Fisher Phillips on

How does one calculate overtime pay due to plaintiffs who were erroneously treated as "white collar" employees exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements? Court decisions...more

City Of Chicago Not Liable For Police Officers’ After-Hours Smartphone Use, Seventh Circuit Affirms

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The City of Chicago lacked either actual or constructive knowledge that members of the Chicago Police Department were performing after-hours work on their smartphones, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, affirming...more

Florida Court Denies Conditional Certification of FLSA Case Involving Restaurant Staff

by BakerHostetler on

As we’ve noted before, many courts have applied the standard for conditional certification so leniently that in places the requirement of a group of “similarly situated” employees under the FLSA has all but disappeared. So,...more

Reflections Upon USDOL "Tip Retention" Enforcement

by Fisher Phillips on

We recently wrote about two federal appellate decisions holding that tipped employees for whom no federal Fair Labor Standards Act Section 3(m) "tip credit" has been taken, and to whom all FLSA minimum wages and overtime...more

Oil Energy FLSA Exemption Collective Action Settles: The Right Move By The Employer 

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

No industry is immune to FLSA collective actions and the energy industry is seeing a significant uptick in these actions. In this regard, a class of workers employed by an oil field services company has just agreed to a $2.1...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

Massachusetts District Court Denies Certification for Claims of Unpaid Meal Breaks

by BakerHostetler on

It has become almost part of the plaintiff playbook to bring wage and hour claims despite lawful employer policies by claiming some sort of “class-wide” policy of deviating from those policies. Sadly, this tactic works at...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

Litigation Tactics Can Be FLSA Retaliation? Wow.

Can an outside attorney defending an employer in a lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act be liable for retaliation against the plaintiff-employee based on litigation tactics? One court answered that question “yes” last...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

Afghanistan-Based Contractors See FLSA Collective Action Dismissed On Jurisdictional Grounds

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I blogged about this off-the-beaten-path case a short time ago. Wow, whoever thought the courts would work this fast? A federal judge dismissed a proposed FLSA collective action against Fluor Corp. filed by contractors who...more

Uncompensated "Off-the-Clock" Work Time Nets Call Center Nurses a $6.2 Million Settlement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Late last year, more than 1,300 "advice nurses" working at call-in centers providing answers to patient health care questions for Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages...more

Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

by FordHarrison on

In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent...more

The FLSA and Your CBA: 3rd Circuit Finds Claims Were Not Subject to Dispute Resolution Provisions

In Jones v. SCO Silver Care Operations LLC, No. 16-1101 (May 18, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether several certified nursing assistant plaintiffs were entitled to pursue their claims for violations...more

Public Employers Beware: SCOTUS Refuses to Review City Employee Overtime Appeal

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the City of San Gabriel, California’s attempt to overturn the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s expansive interpretation of what employers must include as “wages”...more

10th Circuit Finds Employee Who Only Worked in Colorado Falls Under State MCA Exemption

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in which the district court held that an employee may be exempt from overtime under Colorado’s motor carrier...more

Third Circuit Holds Overtime Class Action Is Not Subject To Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a Pennsylvania district court, holding that a class action involving overtime compensation filed against the operating companies of a senior care facility is not subject to...more

Law Firm Misclassifies Secretary As Exempt And Now Must Pay Overtime

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

You know, law firms are not immune from FLSA issues merely because they are law firms and may be allegedly endowed with some superior knowledge of laws. A recent case illustrates this maxim. The name partner of a Los Angeles...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...more

Don’t Judge a Conditional Certification Motion by Its Cover

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court denied a motion for conditional certification of a nationwide collective action against Barnes & Noble. The ruling highlights that, even though the burden for “first stage”...more

Another Oil Industry Class Action Settles – The Disturbing Trend Continues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There have been a number of FLSA lawsuits in the energy industry of late, focusing on unpaid overtime. One of these employers who was sued, Key Energy, has just settled two class actions for $3 million. The case is entitled...more

Making Employees Watch the Clock Can be Good for Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A few months ago, we reminded our readers about the need to maintain accurate time records for non-exempt employees.This consideration is especially important for those employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards...more

Pipeline Inspectors Denied Conditional Certification Due To Named Plaintiff’s Inadequacy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Regretfully, to my lights, conditional certification seems all too easy for plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action to secure. Are things changing? A federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas...more

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